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Overview

Leading voices in literary and cultural studies examine the study of literature at the college level, including the fate of theory, the rise of cultural studies, the academic “star” system, and the difficult job market.
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“A copy … should be on the shelf of every literary and cultural-studies practitioner concerned with the way our institutions and workplaces shape the possibilities of our scholarship and teaching.” — College Literature

“These essays are cutting-edge examples of work being done on ‘the profession’ and ‘the institution,’ issues that have been dominating advanced literary and theoretical thinking for the past decade. The timeliness of this collection is a strength.” — Russell Reising, author of Loose Ends: Closure and Crisis in the American Social Text

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791452103
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey J. Williams is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Theory and the Novel: Narrative Reflexivity in the British Tradition and editor of PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Institutionally Speaking
Jeffrey J. Williams

I. The Institution of Theory

Framing Theory: The Disorganization of Historiography
Vincent B. Leitch

The Theory Junkyard
James J. Sosnoski

Orbiting Planet Foucault
Paul Trembath

This Feminism Which Is Not One: Women, Generations, Institutions
Devoney Looser

II. The Question of Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies: Literary Criticism's Alter Ego
Grant Farred

Peer Pressure: Literary and Cultural Studies in the Bear Market
Michael Berube

The Work of Cultural Studies in the Age of Transnational Production
Crystal Bartolovich

III. Professional Channels

Dancing in the Dark: A Manifesto against Professional Organizations
Lennard J. David

The Star System in Literary Studies
David R. Shumway

The Life of the Mind and the Academic Situation
Jeffrey R. Williams

IV. The Job of Literature

Time Out of Mind: Graduate Students in the Institution of English
Louise Mowder

Getting Hired
Terry Caesar

The Educational Politics of Human Resources: Humanities Teachers as Resource Managers
Evan Watkins

Contributors

Index

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